What you need to know: Thursday

Protestors take to Milwaukee streets in Tony Robinson’s name
Maria Hamilton

It’s Thursday, May 14 and here is your day ahead:

In local news…

WEATHER: As a low-pressure system and a warm front move toward Wisconsin today, skies will become mostly cloudy, and it will become breezy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will spread into the area from west to east, mainly in the afternoon. Full forecast 


Peaceful protests: Protests yesterday against the DA’s decision not to charge Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny in the fatal shooting of Tony Robinson remained mostly peaceful. 28 people were arrested in total, most were fined and released. The protest led by the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition stopped at the Dane County Courthouse to perform a mock trial of what members wanted to see happen if Kenny had been charged. A similar scene played out in Milwaukee. About 60 protesters marched through Red Arrow Park, including the mother of Dontre Hamilton. He was killed in an officer-involved shooting where the officer also did not face criminal charges. More on this story


Funeral services: Relatives, friends and others will pay their respects today to the family of the father and young daughter fatally shot on a recreational trail bridge in Menasha. Jonathan Stoffel and 11-year-old Olivia were killed May 3 along with Adam Bentdahl in a random shooting by a man who killed himself. Stoffel’s wife, Erin, remains hospitalized at Theda Clark Medical Center. She was shot three times on the bridge. Hospital spokeswoman Megan Mulholland said Erin Stoffel is in good condition Wednesday and may be able to attend the funeral. More on this story


Mum’s the word: Gov. Scott Walker is wrapping up a five-day “listening tour” through Israel, his first visit to the U.S. ally as he shapes his foreign policy. But don’t ask the Republican White House prospect where he went, whom he listened to or what was said. Walker isn’t taking questions. And his aides refused to disclose his itinerary or the identities of his traveling companions. He said before leaving that he’d talk about his trip when he was back in the U.S. More on this story


Headed to Senate: A bill that outlines what is allowable to purchase with food stamps is now headed to the state Senate. The state Assembly passed the proposal on a 60 to 35 vote. The legislation would require that two-thirds of monthly food share benefits go to purchase approved foods like beef, chicken, fish, produce or dairy. Crab, lobster, shrimp and shellfish would be banned under the law. The bill’s authors say it’s to make food stamp use healthier. Democrats question the restrictions and a multimillion dollar price tag to reprogram grocery store cash registers. More on this story


Survivor’s story: The 18th annual Race for the Cure is just over two weeks away. It’s a day to raise awareness and support for everyone affected by breast cancer. In the African-American community, breast cancer cases are on the rise, but many black women find it very difficult to talk about. Tonight on News 3 at Ten Susan Siman shares her conversation with breast cancer survivors Gloria Ladson Billings and Frances Huntley Cooper. WISC-TV3 is participating in the Komen Race for the Cure on May 30 at Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center. Support one of our teams and come out on May 30 to support breast cancer patients and survivors. More on this story

In national news…


Focus on engineer: Philadelphia’s mayor says the engineer of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 is to blame for the derailment that’s left at least seven people dead. The National Transportation Safety Board says it’s too early to draw that kind of conclusion. After the NTSB announced yesterday that the train was traveling more than 100 mph as it entered a curve with a 50 mph speed limit, Mayor Michael Nutter lit into the engineer, identified as 32-year-old Brandon Bostian. Nutter called him “reckless” and said there was “no excuse” for Bostian to operate the train at such a high speed. An NTSB board member said we need more “facts before we start making judgments.” Bostian, after an initial interview with Philadelphia police, was brought in yesterday, but he declined to answer questions and left with a lawyer. More on this story


Terror attack: A U.S. citizen was among the five people killed yesterday when gunmen stormed a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. The siege started when gunmen attacked the Park Palace Guest House hotel, firing their weapons and trapping guests. It took five hours for Afghan special forces to kill the three men behind the attack and free about 50 people from the hotel. Of the dozens rescued, at least five people were wounded. The identities of the victims have not been released, and the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. More on this story


No. 2 dead?: Iraq said yesterday that the No. 2 leader in ISIS — Abu Alaa al-Afri — was killed in a coalition airstrike. But the U.S. military said it hasn’t corroborated that. U.S. Defense Department spokesman Col. Steve Warren told CNN that the United States cannot independently confirm that high-value ISIS targets were killed in Iraq. Al-Afri also reportedly went by the name Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli — a name that’s on the State Department’s U.S. Rewards for Justice list with a $7 million bounty for information on him, the highest for any ISIS leader apart from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is valued at $10 million. More on this story


Coup attempt?: Conflicting claims in the African nation: A Burundian African Union official said yesterday that a military coup attempt is underway in Burundi, and a Western diplomat said that gunfire could be heard in the capital city of Bujumbura. But the government denied it was under threat, with a statement coming from President Pierre Nkurunziza’s office that some soldiers had mutinied but the coup attempt had been foiled. Nkurunziza has been seeking a third term, something prohibited by the agreement that ended the country’s civil war in 2003. Protesters determined to prevent his candidacy have demonstrated in the capital, and have been met with deadly force by police. More on this story


Blowback: The New England Patriots’ pushback against Tom Brady’s four-game suspension reaches a critical juncture today. That’s because Brady has until 5 p.m. today to appeal his Deflategate suspension. His agent had all but promised an appeal when the penalties — including a $1 million fine and loss of Patriots’ draft picks — were announced this week. The NFL Players Association said it will represent Brady in his appeal. Any hearing will begin within 10 days of the league’s receipt of his appeal. Brady’s appeal would be heard by either NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or an officer of his choosing. More on this story